A Pennsylvania newspaper is facing a firestorm of criticism after the editorial board said it would “very strictly limit” op-eds and letters against same-sex marriage on the heels of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling.
PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg has issued a string of statements on its opinion page policies since the decision, which legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Initially, Editorial Page Editor John Micek tweeted that the newspaper would “no longer accept” or print op-eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.
He then tweeted:
This is not hard: We would not print racist, sexist or anti-Semitc letters. To that, we add homophobic ones. Pretty simple.
— ByJohnLMicek (@ByJohnLMicek) June 26, 2015
The editorial board has since dialed back, in the face of apparent criticism from their readers.
A newspaper editorial published online was updated Friday afternoon to clarify the board’s op-ed policy. In the editorial, which cheered the decision and said majority opinion author Justice Anthony Kennedy “nailed it,” the board issued the following statement:
“As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.
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